The latest update of the village's leaf disposal dilemma was discussed during last Monday night' meeting.
Council is now suggesting that any residents that are unable to mulch their leaves as per the earlier suggestion, can now bag the leaves and place the bags near the curb. However, they are continuing to stress that residents are not to rake leaves into the streets as they have done in past years. The village does not have the available manpower and the cost of gasoline for the leaf collecting machine is not feasible due to the village's current fiscal emergency.
According to council, Darr Farms has agreed to accept the bagged leaves after the village picks them up from local residents.
Other items discussed at the Oct. 7 meeting included:
• Councilmember Heather Stein-Wells reports that the NERS is sponsoring Coats for Kids. They are now accepting new coats, hats and mittens that will be distributed to local children who are in need of warm wearing apparel for this winter.
• Councilmember Stein-Wells also reported that previously secured grant money for the fire department was utilized for a new garage door that needed replaced and to complete electrical work at the fire department.
• Sharon Hanrahan, chairperson for the Newcomerstown Financial Planning and Supervision Commission, addressed council with concerns by the FPCA which included identified non-compliance by the village's financial department concerning completion and submission of required cost budget reports. Hanrahan informed council that a resolution for a more manageable plan concerning the village's current fiscal emergency will be proposed on Oct. 8 She said the plan will include a specific time frame for implementation. She encouraged council to pay close attention to the plan and remain as compliant as possible with the plan. She discussed concern of continuation of non-compliance, and the fact that the village could face dissolution if they remain in a fiscal emergency longer than four consecutive years. She said, "I don't think anyone wants to hear about dissolution of the village." She said the deficit in the cemetery fund is what continues to keep the village in fiscal emergency.
Mayor Jim Friel made a suggestion for discussing the possibility of dissolving two current part-time positions in the fiscal department, and creating one full-time position so that the position will be more efficient and be able to focus on completing the necessary budget reports in a timely manner.
• The second reading was given for an ordinance concerning recreational vehicle parking and storage in the village.
Council later entered into a 45-minute executive session to discuss personnel. No action taken.
Council's next meeting will be Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the David Barber Civic Center, Newcomerstown.